Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Choice Hotels International, Inc., and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Inc., were listed as defendants in lawsuits filed by three sex trafficking victims in December 2019. The lawsuits claim that these hotels did not do enough to counteract sex trafficking activities that allegedly occurred at their premises. The same lawsuits accuse the hotel chains of negligence, gross negligence, and violations of federal and state laws prohibiting trafficking.
Since early 2018, Austin and other cities across the country have seen an increase in the number of electronic scooters on city streets. The increasing popularity of electronic scooters has led to a growing number of electronic scooter-related injuries. Now, in the span of just six days, at least eight lawsuits were filed against electronic scooter companies by individuals who claim they were injured while riding an electronic scooter in the city of Austin. The defendants include Bird, Lime, and Jump, some of the best known electronic scooter companies in the United States.
The fun involved with getting on a boat and participating in other water related recreational activities often causes us to forget that boats are motor vehicles too, and they have the same risks as the operation of car driven on the road. Recently in Mont Belvieu, which is just east of Houston, three men lost their lives while they were aboard a fishing boat when an intoxicated individual crashed a ski boat into them. Tragic incidents like this are a sobering reminder of the hidden dangers that exist as more people go on vacation now that summer is here.
On June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court struck down Kansas' cap on damages for noneconomic damages in personal injury lawsuits on the basis that the cap was unconstitutional. In Kansans, the legislature imposed a limit on the amount noneconomic money damages a jury can award a plaintiff in personal injury cases. Kansas' overturning this cap is hopefully just the first domino toppling over, and soon to be followed by other states seeking to return power to the hands of the people.
The Kansas Supreme Court has held that the state's law regarding caps on certain damages for injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. Specifically, the court determined that caps on noneconomic damages should be removed. A majority of the justices ruled that the limits set by the Kansas legislature on nonecominc damages violate the Kansas constitutional right to a jury trial.
Monsanto, the manufacturer of popular weed killer Roundup has lost another case. Cancer patients across the country are suing Monsanto alleging that Roundup gave them cancer. Three cases have gone to trial and all three verdicts have been in favor of the plaintiffs.
Given the depravity of the act, it is no surprise that we think of prison as the most common form of punishment for individuals who commit sexual assault. In a criminal proceeding, the prosecutor focuses on proving that a crime was committed and that the defendant should be locked up. While the victim's testimony may be instrumental to a conviction, the criminal justice system cannot do anything to financially compensate the victim for the trauma they suffered. However, there are other ways for victims of sexual assault to get the justice they deserve. The only way for a victim to be financially compensated for the harm they suffered is by bringing a civil lawsuit.
On April 30, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in North Dallas alleging the center did nothing to prevent the repeated sexual abuse of a young teenage girl by a staff member working as a trainer. The lawsuit alleges the center even ignored a manager's repeated reports about the staff member's inappropriate conduct and behavior.
A dump truck worker sustained injuries on January 10, 2019 after a ladder malfunctioned on the dump truck he was operating. The worker filed a lawsuit on April 16, 2019 in Harris County against Strong Industries, Inc. ("Strong"), the designer and manufacturer of the dump truck.
A bar patron was injured on June 22, 2018 after a large light fixture fell from the ceiling while he visited a Houston bar.